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April 14, 2022

Yelp to Pay Employees' Abortion Travel Expenses

Following the example of the banking corporation Citigroup, the review platform Yelp announced this week that it will pay the travel expenses of employees who travel out of state for an abortion.

Pro-abortion companies started adding abortion travel expenses to their employee benefits in response to legislation like Texas's Heartbeat Act. The law prohibits abortion after the child's heartbeat is detectable, and its unique enforcement method has made it resistant to legal challenges. For this reason, other pro-life states are enacting similar laws.

“We’ve long been a strong advocate for equality in the workplace, and believe that gender equality cannot be achieved if women’s healthcare rights are restricted,” said Miriam Warren, Yelp's chief diversity officer. “As a remote-first company with a distributed workforce, this new benefit allows our U.S. employees and their dependents to have equitable access to reproductive care, regardless of where they live.”

The Associated Press reported that Yelp has an estimated workforce of 4,000. Roughly 200 of those employees live in Texas.

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